Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cupcake Icing Whipped Soap Tutorial

Hello everyone!!

This is on of my favorite things to make! Everyone loves cupcakes and why not make them in soap. I had trouble for a long time finding a way to make the "icing" look real and came across a website about whipped cold process soap. I had to try it. Now this is how we make it. So much fun!!!

As always when making soap take all the safety steps. Gloves, glasses and an apron.

First is the recipe. It took me a year to get it to where I like it. It makes the icing just perfect!

Coconut oil --- 8.6 ounces
Palm           --- 8.6 ounces
Soybean     --- 8.6 ounces

lye --- 3.81 ounces for a 5% superfat
water --- 9.68 ounces

You are welcome to use your recipe also. It must be more solid fats than liquid fats. I use to add olive oil but if I added any liquid to it at all the soap took forever to dry and it never would dry hard enough. It all depends on what you like. The icing on the top of the cupcake is very small and I use my best soap recipe for the cupcake bottoms so I can live with it. lol

1. Prepare your cupcake bottoms. Trim them to look nice.
I used the wilton silicone baking cups to make mine.

2. Mix your lye and water and set into a bowl of water
with ice packs or just ice to cool it.

3. Once your lye is under 70* its ready. Now to mix your oils.

4. Whip your oils together with a large mixer until
they are evenly mixed. Then whip a little longer
to add extra air for the icing look. Stand mixer
works better with this process and is safer.

5. Turn mixer on lowest setting to add the lye mixture.
If your lye is above 70* it will deflate your whipped oils
and you wont get the icing look.
Add the lye mixture very slowly. The oils will form a strage
looking ball once all the lye is added.
You can now slowly turn up the speed to get it all mixed
up evenly and to add more air for a better icing look.
Scrape the side once and mix again. 

6. I use a 18 inch icing bag and large tip to get the soap
icing on top of the cupcakes. You can use the throw
away plastic ones if you like. I can get the whole batch
in this bag and thats why I like to use it. It looks and
feels just like real icing. DO NO LICK YOUR FINGERS!
(my husband did this once and the lye burned his mouth!)

Now comes the fun part!! Decorate!!

I made these hearts by useing a small icing bag and tip.
Then let them dry.

The sprinkles are grated soap scraps and the flag
is a plastic cupcake pick that can be removed
easily before use.

This is a plastic cupcake ring.


My favorite thing is a cupcake!! They are just cute and fun. This is a very cold process method of making soap and takes a few weeks to reach a safe PH so be sure to allow time for that. Also if you use color it will dry lighter than what you start with. You may have to add extra and powder is always best with this. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me. I am happy to help all I can.


Ghost Writer said...

Can I scent it? Thank you for this post!! I am finding melt and pour soaps to be very labor intensive.. I want to start cold process. The colors are much deeper and more fun!!!

Melanie said...

You can scent it no problem. Just be careful which scent you get. Some can cause it to set up faster. We scent them most of the time without problem though. :)

Anonymous said...

I found this using Yahoo. I'm wanting to experiment with these in the New Year when the craziness has dyed down. Do you make the base out of regular CP soap? Also can you pipe this icing to make a more rippled top?

Thanks for posting this?


Anonymous said...

will the icing have to soponify? i want to try this technique. will i need to put the icing to bed after putting it on the cupcake.. please provide additional details so i dont mess this up thanks

Melanie said...

Sorry guys for the slow reply!! I didn't know I had comments! The base of my cupcakes are made with regular CP soap in a silicone baking cup. Any tip to pipe the icing works great. I have used other textured tips and they turn out cute!

The icing will be firm just like any soap. It will float though because of the air you whip into it. It takes the soap longer to cure because of the colder temps you use. It takes about 3 - 4 weeks to be safe to use. The longer you let it sit thought the harder it will become and the longer it will last. :)